WASHINGTON (AP) — Beto (BET’-oh) O’Rourke has unveiled a voting rights proposal he says can increase voter registration by 50 million and raise nationwide voter turnout to 65%.
He’s seeking to ensure 35 million new voters cast ballots in 2024’s presidential race.
The ex-Texas congressman and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate announced Wednesday he’d champion legislation ensuring automatic voter registration, including preregistration starting at age 16 and same-day registration. He’d make Election Day a holiday, extend early voting and strengthen the Voting Rights Act.
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O’Rourke promises to direct the Justice Department to combat strict voter ID laws and keep some state officials from “purging” voter rolls. He’d back a constitutional amendment imposing 12-year House and Senate term limits and 18-year limits for Supreme Court justices.
Election research by The Associated Press found 61% voter turnout in 2016.
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